Chant for Peace Global Initiative

Chant for Peace, Mayapur, India

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a worldwide non secular group and confederation of over 800 temples and cultural facilities, performed Chant for Peace occasions through the weekend of Saturday, March fifth, 2022 across the globe to hope for all folks affected by the continued battle in Ukraine and surrounding areas. ISKCON devotees all around the world promoted the uplifting technique of chanting the Holy Names of God in addition to the understanding of common brotherhood and sisterhood of all folks and dwelling beings as youngsters of that One God. Chant for Peace occasions are deliberate to proceed across the globe till 18 March 2022, the sacred look day of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatar of Lord Sri Krishna who appeared in West Bengal roughly 500 years in the past.

Chant for Peace, Lagos, Nigeria

In order to extend consciousness of alternate options to violence, create a extra peaceable ambiance, and supply the chance of chanting the holy title of God to extra folks, the Chant for Peace initiative was born on February 24, 2022. ISKCON’s Ministry of Communications collaborated with the ISKCON Kirtan Ministry. The Italian department of ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry additionally received concerned. An International core group was shaped representing nations together with India, UK, South Africa, Ukraine, Italy and Russia. Artwork was created by Sriji Radha Devi Dasi from Mumbai. Initiatives included the progressive Fortunate People Campaign, which has a purpose of importing 1,250,000 movies of individuals chanting Hare Krishna to their web site

A package deal was shared by Yudhistir Govind Das that was put collectively by the ISKCON Ministry for Communications together with:

1. Guidelines and directions for temples to plan Chant for Peace occasions.
2. Link for posters
3. Official Statement
4. Press Release

All supplies had been hosted on and despatched out on ISKCON’s Leadership Conference to all GBC members in addition to leaders on each continent.

An Istagoshti (dialogue) was held with the ISKCON India Continental Committee (ICC). Leaders from over 80 ISKCON communities in India participated. More than 17 outstanding audio system addressed the ICC over a 75-minute presentation on Zoom. Speakers included senior leaders of ISKCON India in addition to representatives of ISKCON Ministry for Communications, and ISKCON Kirtan Ministry. The audio system included such luminaries as:

HG Sahadev Das (ICC Chair)
HH Jayapataka Swami
HH Gopal Krishna Goswami
HH Lokanath Swami
HH Janananda Goswami
HG Bhima Das
HG Mahaman Das
HH Sukadev Swami
HG Devakinandan Das
HG Revati Raman Das
HG Surdas Das
HG Vrajendranandan Das
HG Sumitra Krishna Das
HG Yudhistir Govind Das
HG Jagannatha Kirtanananda
HG Svarupanand Das
HH Sri Krishna Chaitanya Swami

During the ICC Meeting Sumitra Krishna Das, Temple President of ISKCON Chennai shared a citation from Srila Prabhupada to encourage everybody to maintain their religious life as a precedence in these occasions of harsh realities:

“The entire universe is lastly topic to sure annihilation by the need of Krsna, however devotional service is everlasting and is the one sure manner one can save himself from devastation. We can preach all around the world that the one strategy to be saved from collective and particular person devastation is to take to the chanting of Hare Krsna. In brief, this materials world is a really precarious place due to this fact we should always at all times chant Hare Krsna and search Krsna’s safety.”

Chant for Peace, Florence, Italy

The ICC Whatsapp group was a superb discussion board for the distribution of knowledge concerning how one can conduct the occasion. For many devotees, this was the primary public Harinam Sankirtan for the reason that COVID pandemic. Leaders round India shared photographs, movies, and experiences of their Chant for Peace actions. This inspired everybody to extend their efforts. Newspaper clippings had been plentiful. So far, we now have obtained photographs, movies, and experiences from the next facilities in India:

ISKCON Siliguri
ISKCON Dharmanagar
ISKCON Thuraiyur
ISKCON Jalgaon
ISKCON Nellore
ISKCON Chowpatty
ISKCON Mira Road
ISCKON Chowpatty
ISKCON Panihati
ISKCON Navadvipa Mandala Parikrama (Mayapur)
ISKCON Varanasi
ISKCON Chennai
ISKCON Ahmedabad
ISKCON Kolhapur
ISKCON Pandharpur
ISKCON Padayatra India

Devotees from Florence, Italy, Helsinki Finland, Lagos, Nigeria, New York City, USA, and different locations all over the world additionally responded.

Chant for Peace, Helsinki, Finland

One of the highlights has been a ‘Mega Harinam Sankirtan” with 400 devotees from the 4 completely different ISKCON temples in Mumbai coming collectively and chanting for peace alongside a stroll from Gateway of India to Cross Maidan.

Chant for Peace, Navadwip Mandala Parikrama, Mayapur, India

Parallel to the general public Harinam Sankirtan, there was additionally a web-based group with 1000’s of devotees supporting one another and receiving the private affiliation of such nice souls as His Holiness Bhakti Chaitanya Swami, His Grace Chaitanya Chandra Charan Das, Her Grace Mondakini Devi Dasi, and His Holiness Bhakti Rasayana Sagara Swami.

His Grace Anuttama Das, ISKCON Minister for Communications was one of many fundamental proponents of the occasion. He expressed what motivated him to take up this main worldwide undertaking:

“This alternative to come back collectively all over the world and chant for peace is a vital a part of the mission of the Krishna Consciousness motion. There’s a lot battle on the planet between nations, between relations, between racial and non secular communities…”

“Chanting will assist us to scrub our hearts from envy, greed, and anger. Then we are going to really change into blissful from inside. Then we will really start to see and care concerning the welfare of others indiscriminately. We have to care for everybody, by seeing that we’re all linked to Krishna.”

Chant for Peace, Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York, USA

Dinanukampa Devi Dasi, one of many fundamental international organizers of Chant for Peace, shared the impetus that impressed her to get into motion. “Think and Act Globally was the motivation to get the world to take part in chanting and praying for peace through which organizers from completely different components of the world got here collectively – a really International Society.”

“By pervading the ambiance with the ability of the sound vibrations – the holy names can awaken consciousness and strengthen beliefs for peace and likewise unfold compassion, kindness and hope with out prejudice within the face of conflicts and calamities. In this manner a robust connection may be re-established to the Supreme Lord.”

Chant for Peace, Buenos Aires, Argentina

His Holiness Janananada Goswami, a senior member of the ISKCON Kirtan Ministry at present primarily based in France, emphasised that the present improve in violence and upheaval in society is greatest counteracted by probably the most beneficial religious observe for the age we stay in – congregational chanting of the holy names of God. Janananda Goswami shared a related citation from ISKCON’s Founder-acarya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on this regard: “The age we stay in is known as Kali-yuga, the age of forgetting God. It is an age of bewilderment and quarrel, and other people’s hearts are full of soiled issues. But God is so highly effective that if we chant His holy title we change into purified, simply as my disciples have change into purified of their dangerous habits. Our motion relies on this precept of chanting the holy title of God. We give everybody the chance, with none distinction.” (Srila Prabhupada to Police Lieutenant Brian Mozee, in July 1975, Science of Self Realization)
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